As I drove home from town one day this fall, brilliant colors in a ravine south of the highway caught my attention.
I realize I’ve been a little on the slack side in sharing photos lately…I’ve had my head in the clouds with something exciting I’ve experienced!
Specifically, the Annual New Mexico Photographic Art Show! Entries for this show are judged by top photographers in the states, therefore a great honor to be accepted to participate.
Two of the three images I submitted for the jury process were accepted into this show. (I won’t display them on here until later.)
I invite you to come check it out any time during December. December 2 – 28, except Tuesdays, Christmas Eve, and Christmas 10 am to 5 pm in the Fine Arts Building at the NM Fair Ground in Albuquerque.
The show is free to the public and those entering a popular vote (one vote per week allowed) will be entered in a drawing for a gift from show sponsors.
I will be at the show part of the time…Monday December 3 10-1:30 and Thursday December 6 1:30 – 5. I may be there at other times as well.
Also, I’ve put together the photos I currently have printed, matted and framed. I invite you to visit the page where I have all of them available at greatly discounted prices.
I recently noticed the foliage has begun to change colors. But as I was beginning my walk in the crisp, clean air today, I saw leaves from the trees in our yard on the driveway.
The calendar may not say it yet, but autumn is here!
The colors are so varying and vibrant.
This leaf found its way into the clutching company of a neighboring Ponderosa pine.
Leaves in this tree called out to be shown to the rest of the world…
Through the different seasons, plants inevitably evolve through a series of colors.They let their true colors show, according to the stage they are in at the time.
They BE who they are and don’t pretend to be something else!
It’s time for us to be who we are, when we are, where we are….let our true colors shine for the rest of the world to see, here and now.
This flower bunch is along my walk path. Really not sure what it is, but it’s pretty.
I’ve noticed that all of these plants have a cluster of six blossoms, one standing higher than the rest.
The Mexican Hats, also known as Prairie Coneflowers, dance in the summer breeze. Two of these flowers have insects hanging on for the dance.
They are just so graceful!
I couldn’t resist capturing the sunflowers last night. As I did, a green bug landed on this one. He has himself coated in pollen.
All of these flower look delicate, but they are certainly strong to withstand the hot dry climate of New Mexico.
Mexican Hat is available for purchase here.
Soaking Sunflower is available for purchase here.
A light green butterfly peacefully floated from flower to flower. It looked like it was looking up at me smiling as I took its picture! It rather convinces me that insects have souls with sensitivity.
The way this bee was standing on the flowers, it appears he has on little slippers!
I love how the Cholla cactus delicate flower petals glisten in the sun.
I looked up to one cactus in time to see a bee dive into the heart of the flower. Pollen dropped all over the inside. You can just see his back at the “4 o’clock” position from the center.
Finally, the bee came out and shook a little bit of the pollen off of him. When he first came out, he totally blended in with the pollen in the center of the flower
What if we had the same peaceful attitude the butterfly has?
What if we were as resourceful as the bee?
What would happen if we dove into our passion and/or our work with as much determination as this little bee? What if we didn’t mind getting a little dirty in the process?
What kind of impact could we have in our own lives as well as the world around us?
Such a wide variety of flowers exists naturally in the area that I don’t need to plant many! These purple flowers in the labyrinth are native to the area.
Snap dragon seems to emit its own light!
I’m still not sure what the dainty orange flowers are, but they were along Tree Springs Trail in the Sandia Wilderness.
I remember as a child picking Dandelion puffs and seeing how many pieces I could blow off with one breath. If you could clear the cottony white with one blow, you could have your wish.
However, I was told not to because it would only spread the “weed”. Little did I know at the time that the Dandelion is used by many for it’s health benefits!
I love how this one shines in the sun.
Cholla Cactus are in full bloom.
Prickly Pear cactus in full bloom. For some reason, these beautiful plants along our road are sticking out to me far more than they ever have in the past.
Up close to the Prickly Pear Cactus. They have an amazing amount of pollen.
I couldn’t resist a morning walk when I saw the sun shining on the yucca pods in full bloom.
They just glisten in the morning sun!
I love the delicate flowers beside the stout fence post.
The new growth on the Cholla Cactus appears rich and succulent.
Towee was sure enjoying the sunshine too!
Snapdragons prevail in the east field right now.
Red finch seem quite happy to perch on the cactus…it seems a safe place for them since nothing else is going to brave the thorns!Hummingbird takes time to get some breakfast while the sun shines on his back and warms his wings.Everything seems to thrive in the sunshine.
Challenge yourself to get out in the morning and see the gifts of nature put out before you! Chances are you won’t have to look far to see something beautiful and perfect. Where ever you are, you can count it your very own nature park just as I count this as my nature park!
Purple and white iris adorn the labyrinth. Their rich colors quietly drink the sun.
The tulips are, as usual, brilliant this year.
I enjoy all of them and love how the sunlight gives them an extra glimmer.
Petite pink tulips stand up just as boldly as the red.
Mother and daughter standing peacefully together.
They are just as brilliant up close! The variety of colors and markings is a great reminder that we are all individuals with our own abilities and qualities, yet we are quite beautiful when put together…like the colors of the rainbow, they (we) go well together!
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A canvas of pastel blue splashed with feathery baby pink creates the perfect setting for the rising full moon while Yucca and barbed wire quietly occupy the foreground!
It can’t help but invite the world to a moment of peace.
Oh, the wonder of New Mexico!
The plum tree already looked like a pompom of snow because of the blossoms, so I had to see the results when we woke to 5 1/2 inches of snow April 2, 2012 .
Despite the cold and snow, the flowers persisted! Each one looked happy beneath the blanket of snow.
They set the perfect example, demonstrating the ability to joyfully endure through uncomfortable situations.
Three days later, the snow is long gone, but now the snow-blossom tree is adorned with a happy little bird.